AdDressing Women's Lives 2009
Last week, the students of the Weber School, a Jewish community high school in Atlanta, GA, participated in the exciting AdDRESSING Women's Lives project. In 2002, two faculty members at the Weber School conceived of this interdisciplinary project for high school juniors and seniors studying the history of Jewish women in America. Humanities and Bible teacher Barbara Rosenblit and conceptual artist Sheila Miller combined their interests and talents to create an innovative way for students to engage with oral history.
In AdDRESSING Women's Lives, students use In Our Own Voices: A Guide to Conducting Life History Interviews with American Jewish Women, developed by the Jewish Women’s Archive, to become oral historians. They interview a Jewish woman over the age of 75, then, over a two month period, creates a mixed-media work to present what they havelearned about each woman’s character and life experiences. This year, the works are in the form of dresses, and they are quite beautiful.
Congratulations to the students of the Weber School, and of course, to their innovative teachers, Barbara Rosenblit and Sheila Miller!